Defense Department officials has named this year’s winners of the DoD Chief Information Officer awards at a Pentagon ceremony Thursday.
CIOs are used to being in the spotlight when things go wrong, David Wennergren, assistant deputy chief management officer for the office of the deputy secretary of defense, told the audience.
“But every day, good things are happening and you don't get so much attention,“ he added. “We don't often get time to pause and reflect upon what great accomplishments we're achieving every day.“
Team awards were presented to the Project Director Team, Defense Communications Systems-Southwest Asia; the Collaboration Support and Information Division Ronna Team at U.S. Joint Forces Command; the Joint Staff CIO Team; the DoD Visitor Team, Defense Information Systems Agency; and the Apps for the Army Challenge Team, U.S. Army.
Individual first-place winners were Navy Lt. Cmdr. James Gateau of U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany, and Jack Summers, command information officer for Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md.
James Lee, the Army's team chief for Radio Frequency-In Transit Visibility, took home the second-place individual award.
The finalists were selected from 70 nominations of civilian government and military service CIOs and teams that came in from around the world. Nominees were evaluated based on outstanding achievement in areas such as acquisition, management and standards, identity and information assurance and cyber operations, and information sharing and data management.
The awards recognize outstanding achievement in DoD information management based on the intent of Title 40 of the U.S. Code, known as the Clinger-Cohen Act, and the strategy, goals and vision of the DoD CIO.